|Morgana is as fucking oblivious as ever.|
Old monk Alator, from all the way back in The Secret Sharer, made a return appearance this week as Morgana's torture victim. Luckily for Merlin, the great Scottish monk didn't give up the ghost and was summarily executed in a way which suggests that Morgana could have killed the entire court of Camelot if she didn't spend so much time procrastinating. Unluckily for Merlin, he did manage to get himself mixed up in the affair's of Alator's last diciple whom, after spending half the episode getting chased by Arthur's men, almost gets Merlin captured by Morgana, giving up her life in the process. Merlin gets rescued by Kilgarrah, who reveals that he's going to die and Merlin's deus ex machina won't work any more, and the message that Alator has passed on turns out to just be another repetition of the prophecy at this series' beginning.
It's so frustrating that even at this ridiculously late stage, episodes like this can still exist. It was clearly trying to do something, but all it really did was set the series back on course after it's four-episode day trip the past. I really don't think that the writers know what they're doing with the series. Reading back, I expected that Morgana would learn of Merlin's nature back in Series Four, not this close to the show's demise. And she's still none the wiser, and it's frankly insulting to us as an audience. It's basically holding food and water over a starving child and yanking it away as they grasp upwards, and it isn't fun any more, it isn't enjoyable. This isn't suspense or intrigue, this is effing frustrating writing.
|"Must disobey Gaius, even though he probably knows|
what he's doing."